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Editorial I t is hard to believe that this is my last issue of ASRA News as Editor. Three years really does go by faster than you think. During my term as Editor, I have been blessed with great teams of ASRA members like yourselves who have volunteered their time and energy to serve on the ASRA newsletter committee. In particular, I want to extend the biggest THANK YOU to my Associate Editors (the "Leads"): Dr. Steve Orebaugh for regional anesthesiology and Drs. Dave Provenzano and Vorenkamp for pain medicine. I have also had the opportunity to work with the publishing staff at the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Martin Group, and now Allen Press. We have even given ASRA News a completely new look with the help of our branding experts at Kenes, and this issue marks our first time using an exclusively electronic e-reader format. Through the hard work and collaboration between our volunteer physicians and publishers, we have been able to put together an incredibly high quality newsletter every quarter. Despite being deeply involved in every article in every issue for the last 3 years and serving on the committee in some form or another since 2008, I still always look forward to receiving and reading my issue of ASRA News. At the meetings, I swear I get more comments from members about articles or my editorials in ASRA News than I do about any of my research papers (or even all of them combined). Although being Editor has been a lot of work, it has had its rewards. To paraphrase Dr. Colin McCartney, who preceded me as Editor, putting together each issue of ASRA News is a labor of love; it is a creative outlet and a form of media that welcomes well-written articles that may not fit in traditional peer-reviewed journals (eg, the "How I Do It" and "Pro/Con"). I have learned so much through this role-more than I ever imagined. As a self-described regional anesthesiologist and acute pain medicine physician, I have read with interest the articles on chronic pain syndromes, interventional therapies, and pain practice submitted to ASRA News. Other articles by our ASRA leadership have kept me up to date on the many changes that have taken place within the Society "behind the scenes" in the past 3 years. Brilliant articles by our Resident Section Committee members have given me faith that the next generation of regional anesthesiology and pain medicine specialists will be committed to fulfilling ASRA's mission. Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the Orthopedic Anesthesia Section there. He has been involved in several committees in the American Society of Anesthesiologists-including the annual meeting education track subcommittee for regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine-and he has been an ASRA member for many years. He has served on the Edward R. Mariano, MD, MAS newsletter committee for the past Editor, ASRA News year and, in his "free" time, managed Follow me on Twitter to co-edit a fantastic Anesthesiology @EMARIANOMD Clinics issue focused on orthopedic anesthesia with me (but really he did all the hard work). I know Nabil will bring new energy and vision to ASRA News as Editor, and I will look forward to reading every issue. I have packed this issue with as much high quality original content as I could manage, and we feature the upcoming 40th Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting to be held May 14-16, 2015, in Las Vegas. Reading the preview articles by Drs. Sites and Doshi has already gotten me excited! The educational program looks outstanding and continues to evolve year to year. However, the 40th anniversary events really stand to make this the best meeting yet. I look forward to hearing from ASRA's founding fathers, learning new things at the sessions, meeting new ASRA members, listening to Big Apple Blues live, and catching up with old friends. As I wrap up my final editorial, I am very happy to welcome Dr. Nabil Elkassabany, who will be taking over for me. Nabil is an American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine 2015 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine February 2015

In Memoriam : Alon Palm Winnie, M.D., ASRA Founding Father
President’s Message
40th Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting
Resident and Fellow Events at the 2015 Spring Meeting
How We Do It: Managing an Acute and Perioperative Pain Medicine (APPM) Service at the University of Florida
Ketamine—an Old Drug with New Tricks
Optimal Postcesarean Delivery Pain Management
Palliative Care and Pain Medicine—Beyond Intrathecal Pumps and Opioids
Scientist Spotlight—Dr. Guy Weinberg, Trailblazer in Patient Safety

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine February 2015